For every suicide you hear about, 25 other people tried to kill themselves or thought about it.
“Suicide has become an epidemic in this country, if not the world, and it is imperative that we talk about it,” said Mariel Hemingway, the granddaughter of American novelist Ernest Hemingway, who took his own life in 1961 and sister of model and actress Margaux Hemingway who committed suicide in 1996.
‘We need to learn the signs of when somebody is in danger, when they’re at risk for suicide, and we have to talk about it so that we can come up with solutions,” she said. “People think that suicide and mental illness have no solution, there are solutions and together is how we come up with solutions.”
Hemingway was in Bend Tuesday as part of a panel discussion on mental health and suicide prevention. The actress has become an advocate for mental health, even diving into the issue of her own struggles in her memoir: Out Came the Sun: Overcoming the Legacy of Mental Illness, Addiction, and Suicide in My Family.
Suicide is among the leading causes of death for people of all ages, responsible for taking the lives of more than 800,000 people each year.
“We have to tell our story because part of healing for anybody who suffers from mental unbalanced is feeling isolated and feeling alone,” Hemingway said.
The stigma around suicide and mental health may be starting to shift as more people open up about their shared experiences and emotions.
“I think that this is one of the most important causes of our time and it’s really timely that we’re all coming together from different aspects of life, creating ways for people to understand they aren’t isolated or alone,” Hemingway said.
“I tell my story not because I think my story is so important, but because my story is like everybody else’s story we all have one”
Our voices can save lives.
“If we talk about it then we take the power that it has away from it,” she said.